Health events and the smoking cessation of middle aged Americans.

TitleHealth events and the smoking cessation of middle aged Americans.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsFalba, T
JournalJ Behav Med
Date Published2005 Feb
ISSN Number0160-7715
KeywordsDiabetes Mellitus, Female, Health Behavior, Health Status, Heart Failure, Humans, Logistic Models, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Middle Aged, Smoking, Smoking cessation, Social Environment, Socioeconomic factors, United States

This study investigates the effect of serious health events including new diagnoses of heart attacks, strokes, cancers, chronic lung disease, chronic heart failure, diabetes, and heart disease on future smoking status up to 6 years postevent. Data come from the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative longitudinal survey of Americans aged 51-61 in 1991, followed every 2 years from 1992 to 1998. Smoking status is evaluated at each of three follow-ups, (1994, 1996, and 1998) as a function of health events between each of the four waves. Acute and chronic health events are associated with much lower likelihood of smoking both in the wave immediately following the event and up to 6 years later. However, future events do not retrospectively predict past cessation. In sum, serious health events have substantial impacts on cessation rates of older smokers. Notably, these effects persist for as much as 6 years after a health event.

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Health Behavior/Smoking/Smoking Cessation/Health Shocks

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Alternate JournalJ Behav Med
Citation Key7014
PubMed ID15887873